Life Lessons from Harry Potter


The official Harry Potter website has an interesting article posted on it about 8 lessons we learn from Harry Potter. They are: true friendship can get you through anything; bravery comes in many forms; people can surprise you; it is okay to ask for help; heartbreak is sometimes inevitable, but true love lasts, always; money isn’t everything; face your fears.

I agree with the idea that authors of the article had in compiling this list, but not in the presentation. Yes friendship is important, but it is not the most important lesson we can glean from the story of Harry Potter. Love is the most important lesson we can glean from the story of Harry and his friends.

Yesterday I wrote that Harry Potter is really a story about Harry and his friends spiritual journey. They are seeking to learn all they can, not for the sake of knowledge, but so that they can make a difference in the world. Yes you need friends who will stick closer to you then a brother while on this journey, because your friends and brothers will be there to help and to hold you while you walk the path that God has laid before you.

However, without love true friendship doesn’t matter. The importance of love is the most important lesson you can glean from the story of Harry and his friends. 1 John 4:7-12 says: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves, has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God: but if we love one another. God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (NIV)

This is the journey that Harry and his friends are on. A journey to discover God and his love. Rowling, unlike C.S. Lewis in his Chronicles of Narnia, gives her readers a choice just as she gave her characters a choice. Choice is simple. Do you choice to believe that love is all you need and that love will conquer all or do you go through life without love and become nothing more than a noisy gong. Harry and his friends were able to do all the things that they did because of love. They faced their fears because of love. They showed compassion to their enemies because of love. And most importantly they were able to make a stand against the forces of darkness because of love.

The challenge I issued yesterday remains the same. I hope people all over this country and the world will find and see the hidden but unbidden message in Harry Potter.

If you would like to read the article mentioned here is the link.